On November 7, 2022, I woke up in my Kansas City, Kansas, bed, having just dreamed the basic melody of the song presented here. A lovely Karen Carpenter voice was singing it to me: “la do la, et-cet-er-a.” The song was clearly a Christmas Carol. I have been dreaming melodies ever since I was quite young. During the last forty or so years, I have produced many recordings of songs that were birthed in my sleep. I also have been a Karen Carpenter fan ever since her voice first started regularly vibrating through my AM radio back in the early 1970s. Upon awakening on that November 7th, 2022, morning. I immediately thought to myself – “OOO, I need to produce a recording of this song and make it public before Christmas!”
I walked into the room where my wife, Karen, was fulfilling her obligations as a good online employee, and hummed the tune to her with as much mojo as my just-awakened throat could muster. I then set up a recording device and sat down at the piano to figure out the song’s basic notation. Karen was impressed by my new little tune, suggested it could be a Holiday Hit, and told me I needed to write some lyrics. So just for fun, I headed down to the studio to conjure up some words. I ran with the “Christmas” theme, snatching up common images of late December sentimentalities in easy to swallow phrases. Then I sang my conjured words to Karen, who enthusiastically encouraged me to pursue my dream song to an eventual publication.
It was late November when I seriously started to work on recording the song. The first thing I did was rewrite the lyrics. I wanted the gist to reflect a “Holiday” feel, but I didn’t want it to come across like a trite cliche. I tried to steer clear of any specific references to Christmas and its vast mythology. I also avoided directly referencing any other year-end religious celebrations, including the Winter Solstice. The basic melody of the song has an intrinsic “Holiday” feel to it. I challenged myself to retain that feel in the song, without turning the recording into a sappy slosh of sentimentality or an absurdist spoof of Christmas tradition.
While I am best known as an experimental, avant garde recording artist, my repertoire includes all varieties of music, including interpretations of pop jingles, ballads, lounge schmaltz, folk songs, and even hymns. Over the years I have covered a few Carpenters songs as well, although the last such recording I made dates back to the late 1990s. Whenever I am composing lyrical music, I often feel that I am sitting on the fulcrum of a musical see-saw, while suffering a bit of vertigo. I expect this recording to be both loved and hated, appreciated and ignored, regarded and rejected.
But to one and all of my listeners, I offer my sincerest wishes for the happiest of holidays, for this year and for all the years to come. Thanks for tuning in and for reading this bit of documentation.
Charles III, December, 2022
“New Colors To The Dawn” (C. Goff III) copyright 2022 by Taped Rugs Productions www.tapedrugs.com
December 21, 2022 Subject:
Ghost of christmas yet to come
Somehow this little song is both a tribute to every christmas song written to date, and also a peak into the future. I bet the ghost of christmas past will bring this along to play for the robots once we all destroy ourselves with lack of christmas spirit!
Great Work, CRGIII